Long weekends were fun back when I was a kid. But now that I am a mom...four days of family "togetherness" can be overwhelming. Luckily, Brad had the day off today, so we took the kids on one of our favorite quickie road trips...Washington DC.
The thing that makes this trip so fun is that we do it several times a year and stick to the same routine every time.
Any activity repeated more than once with children = tradition.
Tradition #1: Packing
The kids load up their own gear...or in Luke's case, just pull on swimtrunks the minute church is over!
Tradition #2: Road trip
The drive is about 3 hours, depending on traffic. Tradition dictates that there is a lot of en route snacking, silliness and holding our breath through the Ft. McHenry Tunnel.
Tradition #4: Kids play...parents pray.
The kids have fun playing at the great parks...especially in 60+ degree temperatures this weekend!...
...while Mom and Dad spend a little time here (this is the best part for me)...
...and a little more time back here.
For some reason, the ride home always feels twice as long. Family togetherness starts to become annoying and nerves get a little frayed....and, then, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse....
Tradition #6: The Inevitable Automobile Upchuck
(Photo not included)
The offender shall remain anonymous, but his name does happen to rhyme with "puke."
Good times, good times. Tradition!